01 Oct 2015


Ian Baraclough has released the following statement on his recent departure from Motherwell Football Club:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone connected with Motherwell Football Club during my year at Fir Park. 

“Understandably, I am disappointed to have departed, but I am equally proud of my time at the club. We worked extremely hard in the summer to put an infrastructure in place to allow the club to flourish in the long term. These foundations will benefit the club for years to come, I am sure.

“When I joined, Motherwell were facing a difficult time at the foot of the Scottish Premiership. That battle continued, but through the tremendous efforts of the players and staff we were able to secure safety with a landmark 6-1 aggregate victory over Rangers F.C. in the play-off final.

“We were aided, throughout, by the club’s loyal and passionate supporters. If they continue to support the new manager in the same manner as which they afforded me, I am certain that the club will show further progress and climb the division.

“A special mention should go to my aSsistant manager, Stephen Robinson and my other close circle of support staff, who gave me great service during our time together. A manager needs loyal, hard working colleagues who go above and beyond, and I was certainly given that in abundance by my staff.

“Personally, I feel stronger for the experience of managing in the Scottish top flight, working within the typical constraints faced by managers at that level. It was a true privilege to work for a club with such a rich and proud heritage and my year at Motherwell is something I will never forget.

“I now have a real optimism and a zest for my work. I believe that having managed in English, Irish and Scottish football, I have a strong CV, and my track record illustrates the impact I have had at Scunthorpe United, Sligo Rovers and Motherwell respectively.

“My football philosophy remains unchanged; I am committed to playing an attractive, attacking brand of football, whilst helping to create a team that the club’s supporters can identify with.

“I look forward to my next opportunity and hope I will return to management in the near future.”